Funny you ask. As a colleague of Saint Nick, Krampus is essentially the anti-Santa Claus in that he brings suffering and torture to naughty children whereas Santa brings gifts. Most versions of the Krampus depicts the Krampus almost as a Knight Templar character who would severely beat children into obedience, or, in some versions, outright kills the child. Krampus may even go as far as to kidnap the child and put them into a sack and take them back to his lair to devour them. Or, he simply takes them to the underworld. One of his main discipline tools includes birch sticks that he could use to swat children with.
In Germany, there is a day called Krampushaeht, or Krampus Night, that would be celebrated on December 5, ironically on the same day as St. Nicholas Day. Nowadays, there are festivals thrown for the Krampus, and many people dress up like him.
In a more light-hearted and comical version – Krumpus sings to Steve in American Dad about who he is and what he does to children.
Of course, Hollywood couldn’t let this folklore legend story not be told, so Legendary Films is proud to bring movie goers and horror fans a new movie to show a darker and more grim side of Christmas with Krupmas.
The legend of the Krampus is rooted in more draconian yuletide lore, where bad little boys and girls get visited by a cloven-hoofed horned monster who would beat them with birch branches, or worse, drown them in a washtub and take them straight to Hell.
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